A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin. It can be done during a normal consultation or whislt anaesthetised. The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification. This code is placed onto the NSW Companion Animal database, so it is particularly useful in the return of lost pets. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute. In NSW microchipping of pets has been compulsory for more than 10 years. All cats and dogs must be microchipped before they change owners, or by 6 months of age (which ever is first). It is the responsibility of the old owner to send a change of ownership form to council to update their records, if a pet is sold or given away.
If a pet is ever lost and is handed in at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter a microchip scanner is passed over the animal to reveal the unique code. The vet or animal shelter can then refer to the database to identify the name, address and phone number of the owner, so they can be reunited.
If you change address or phone number it is vital that your pets microchip details are updated to reflect this. This can be done through your local council office. Failure to update microchip details often leads to pets whose owners cannot be located when they go missing.
If your pet is not microchipped please give us a call to make an appointment to have one inserted. If you find a lost pet please call us to arrange a scan; we can reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.